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everything you ever wanted : a memoir

I recently finished Jillian Lauren’s latest book, everything you ever wanted, a riveting memoir about her journey into motherhood. Initially, I was interested in the book because of her story as it related to mine : she and her husband adopted an Ethiopian child with special needs. But, as I was reading through the pages, […]

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Sesame Street and Autism

Sesame Street has introduced its first character with autism, an orange-haired girl named Julia. Bringing this character to life is part of a new initiative to bring more awareness to autism. A digital book entitled “Amazing, 1,2,3” is now available online and in print. It tells Julia’s story and highlights her differences as well as […]

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Book Review : The Conscious Parent

Dr. Shefali Tsabary authors a groundbreaking book with The Conscious Parent : transforming ourselves / empowering our children.  I haven’t found a book that fits so well into my own consciousness around parenting and believe it has value for everyone who has involvement with a child : parents, care-givers, grandparents, etc. One of the things […]

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Book Review : Not My Boy!

The Robinson-Peetes are one of my favorite autism families. I have been a longtime supporter of the HollyRod Foundation and look forward to attending their annual gala next month. There are a lot of books about families struggling with autism. The majority of the books I’ve read are told from the mother’s perspective. I understand […]

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Book Review : All I Can Handle, I’m No Mother Theresa

(Author Kim Stagliano and her family) A few years after Arizona was born, I started thinking about baby #2. I was just coming up for air and thought it might be time to “give” Arizona a sibling. I have 4 siblings myself and always wanted a big family. But, there was a risk of having […]

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Book Review : My Brother Charlie

Holly Robinson Peete and her family are at the forefront when it comes to autism advocacy. I have been a long time supporter of her family’s foundation, The HollyRod Foundation and I appreciate the different ways each member of the Peete family has contributed to autism awareness. A few years ago, Holly, along with her […]

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Book Review : The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump is one of the most compelling books I’ve come across as a special needs parent. It was written by Naoki Higashida, a 13 year old boy with autism. He is unable to speak his thoughts, so he uses an alphabet grid to slowly but thoroughly answer questions a lot of us […]

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